Sania to go abroad for physical training

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

India's teen tennis sensation Sania Mirza has set her eyes on bigger challenges and plans to go abroad for a physical fitness training programme.

Sania to go abroad for physical training

Hyderabad: After winning the Grand Slam title in junior girls doubles event at Wimbledon, India's teen tennis sensation Sania Mirza has set her eyes on bigger challenges and plans to go abroad for a physical fitness training programme. "Next year Sania should be going abroad for a physical training programme," her coach Mahesh Bhupathi said in an informal chat with reporters at a function today. "We will be cutting down on her junior level tournaments in the coming days and lay more focus on her physical training programme to strengthen her base," said Bhupathi, whose company Globosport has been taking care of Sania's coaching. When asked to elaborate on what type of physical fitness programme Bhupathi has in mind for the 16-year-old champ, who became the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam, Bhupathi said, "Her base has to be strengthened to match her European counterparts, who are very strong and fit". The programme would help Sania move faster and endure longer games. Earlier, Sania said Europeans have strong legs and can endure long rallies but it is difficult for the Indians to stretch the game to the desired extent. Sania would, however, play in the US Open and a few other important tournaments at junior level. Asked to comment on her Wimbledon game, Bhupathi said, "I watched only the final and Sania performed very well. It's not easy to play the finals at Wimbledon that too under pressure". "But Sania handled the situation positively and won the well deserving title," he said adding Sania was hitting the ball very well and displayed a remarkable fightback. Admitting that a new trend has set in women's tennis with Sania Mirza, Sunita Rao and Sanaa Bhambri emerging on the scene, Bhupathi said the coming five years would see more of the women's game and the rewards would be equally encouraging. (PTI)

Topics : Tennis
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